Well, it looks like we’re all spending a lot more time at home for the foreseeable than we had intended. Which means, for the benefit of both body and mind, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about how you can facilitate exercise within the bounds of your own home. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best home workout equipment for less than R500 – so you can keep up those fitness plans despite the disruption of coronavirus.
First thing’s first, you need something to work out on, and a yoga mat is ideal whether it’s a series of salutations you’re doing, or just a few sit-ups.
If you’re missing your pilates classes, bring them to your very own home. This pilates core set includes everything you need to challenge yourself in the same way as you would down the gym. And… tense.
You’re going to become very good at yoga during self-isolation, so why not invest in a stretching strap to give you the extra length and support you need for those deeper stretches.
And while you’re at it with the yoga equipment, you may as well buy a matching block. Use this to aid certain postures and become the yoga pro you were always destined to be.
This upper body and arm exerciser will help you to build and tone muscle by creating ‘isometric resistance’. The more you move your arm while holding the Powerspin, the faster you spin the internal steel ball inside, and the more intense the exercise.
Resistance bands add an extra challenge to bodyweight exercises; whether it’s a bicep curl, a chest fly, or a lunge.
If you’ve got more energy than you can shake a stick at, buy yourself a mini trampoline and get bouncing your way to fitness. Easily movable, you could move this between the garden and inside the house depending on the weather.
It’s useful to buy in a set of dumbbells, even if they’re light like these ones. Adding a dumbbell into your usual bodyweight exercises brings an extra layer of challenge to improve your results.
If you’ve got space at your disposal, invest in this interlocking foam floor mat set to create a temporary, removable gym space. When your workout’s finished, you can pull up the floor and store it elsewhere.
Sure, the last time you kicked a soccer ball was probably in your school playground 20 years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use quarantine time to practice your keepie-uppies. If you’re lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space in the form of a garden (and even more lucky to have a companion during social distancing) playing football-related games will feel more fun than exercise.
These colourful, vinyl-covered kettlebells will brighten up your home workout equipment collection no end. Ranging from price depending on their weight (the lightest, 5kg kettlebell will cost you R119, the 7,5kg will cost you R169, and the 10kg comes in at R199) you can buy the one that’s right for you – and kettlebell swing to your heart’s content while watching daytime TV.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
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